Legendary comic book artist, Tim Sall, is perhaps best known for his Batman comic book work, in particular Batman: The Long Halloween (One of the many famous projects Sal worked on with writer Jeff Loeb), he passed away at the age of 66.
The Sale account posted on Twitter on June 16, “It is with great sadness that I have to announce Tim Sale’s passing today. He passed away the love of his life by his side, and he loves you all very much. Please share photos and stories under this post, as we hope to share with the community.”
Sal was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1956, but grew up in Seattle, Washington. After moving there as a child. Having initially attended the University of Washington to attend college, he later moved to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts where he participated in a workshop on comic book taught by Marvel legend, John Bussima. Then Sal came back to Seattle, and that’s where his career paused a bit in the early ’80s Later observed, “I got frustrated in my twenties because the business was so centered in New York.” Fortunately, the 1980s also marked the beginning of the independent comic book boom in the marketplace, as the burgeoning direct market allowed small comic book publishers to coexist with big companies like Marvel and DC. In 1983 Sala got a bunch of Phil Foglio on the WaRP Graphics comic book adapted from Robert Lynne Aspirin Epic adventures Novels.
WaRP Graphics, at the time, had a deal with Starblaze Graphics to produce their own comics collections, then Sale was given their first major graphic-engineering assignment. world of thievesadapted from a different work of aspirin, is a fictional anthology where several authors tell stories set in a world created by aspirin (the theory being that that way other writers wouldn’t have to spend any time building the world).
In 1988, Seal sparked a release for Matt Wagner Grendel At Comico, where Sale will work on a few other projects before becoming a regular artist Grendel In its last seven issues before Comico stopped publishing comic books. Then the editor Elliot S! Maggin for DC miniseries in 1991. Sale was paired up with new comics writer, screenwriter, Jeph Loeb. This project has been called united unknown It sparked a collaborative relationship that lasted for more than thirty years.
After earning an “entry” in DC, Sal worked on a pair of notable Batman arcs in 1992, “Blades” with writer James Robinson in dark knight legends The “Misfits” with writer Alan Grant in bat shadow. This led to the first Halloween-themed single-shot Batman, 1993 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Working with Jeff Loeb again. Late 1993 also saw the next major ongoing Seals series, with Jim Lee launching the Noir series, Knockdownusing a new art style inspired by Frank Miller, but Lee decided to leave the series after its second release, so Sale co-published the third issue with Lee and then took over the regular artist position from Knockdown #4 In (working with Lee’s original co-writer on the series, Brandon Choi). Left on the book through Knockdown No. 12. During that time, he did a second Batman shoot for Halloween and one with Lupe.
In 1995, Sale and Loeb both made a Wolverine / Gambit miniseries For Marvel as well as what appeared to be the last take on Batman Halloween. However, editor Archie Goodwin not only convinced them to make another Halloween story, he had them do it as a year-long series, 13-issue masterpiece, Batman: The Long Halloween (From Halloween 1996 through Halloween 1997), Sale and Loeb have both made comic book stars. Follow Loeb and Sale one of the best couples in comics Long Halloween Taking a look at Superman’s life in a four-issue series, Superman for all seasonsin 1998. Also returned to Grendel in the anthology series, Grendel: black, white and red. Sale received the Eisner Award for Best Pencil / Inker for his work Superman for all seasons And the Grendel: black, white and red. His short story with Matt Wagner in Black, white and red #1 also won the Eisner Award for Best Short Story.
Then he did “seal” and “lobe.” dark victory For DC, the year-long sequel to Long Halloween. Marvel Comics, at the time, was going through some major creative changes and new editor-in-chief Joe Quesada acquired Loeb and Sale to Marvel in 2001 for the first of four Marvel-themed Marvel series, Daredevil: yellow. Spider-Man: Blue Followed in 2002 and Body: gray in 2003-04. as such Body: gray Completed, sales re-booted with DC, and covers made for detective comicsBackup stories in JSA: All Starsthe first issue of the iconic artist’s Spotlight series, singleand another Halloween long Follow up with lube in Catwoman: When in Rome.
In 2006, when Loeb became a writer and co-executive producer on the new hit drama series on NBC, Champions, about a group of individuals with supernatural powers trying to figure out whether they are heroes or villains, Sal’s art was used to stand in for the work of cognitive artist, Isaac Mendes. Sale letters were also used for captions on the series, as well as for its credits.
That same year, Sale launched a new Superman anthology series, Secret Supermanworking with writer Darwin Cook (whom he worked with for the first time single in 2004). Meet up with Lube to start a game Captain America: White The miniseries set in Marvel in 2008, but due to Loeb’s busy TV schedule, the series was delayed for so long that it was 2015 before it finally came to an end. Loeb and Sal met again last year just to celebrate their 25th anniversary Long Halloween With a new brand Long Halloween one hit.
CBR extends our condolences to Salé’s friends and family.